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HARWICH, MASS. - Venizelos (Ben) Vassor Vafiades died Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at the age of 93. He was the husband of Geraldean (Geddy) Hurd Vafiades for 67 years. Ben was born January 30, 1921 in Hermon, Maine, the son of the late Vassor and Jennie Vafiades.

He graduated from Bangor High School in 1939. He went to Washington, DC where he worked for the FBI and

attended George Washington University. During WW II, he enlisted in the Air Force and graduated from the Air Cadet Program as a 2nd lieutenant. Ben was assigned and ready to be deployed to the Far East as a radar navigator on a B-29 bomber when the war ended. He came back to Bangor where he met Geddy, the love of his life, and they

married on March 15, 1947. As a member of the Maine National Guard, he was recalled during the Korean War and spent a year serving in Korea; having achieved the rank of Captain when he was discharged. Ben worked for Dun and Bradstreet Inc. as a Senior Business Analyst for 32 years serving clients throughout New England. He and Geddy retired to Harwich, Cape Cod in 1982. They spent 25 winters at a number of sunny communities in Florida. Ben loved the outdoors and spent time skiing, camping, swimming and golfing, his favorite sport. He was a member of the Cranberry Valley Golf Course enjoying the CVMGA and Back-9 Men's League. Ben was a member of the Harwich Men's Club and a former volunteer of the Harwich Community Center.

In addition to his wife, Ben is survived by his daughter, Vendean and granddaughter, Alexandra of Portland, Maine and his son, Vincent, his wife, Cheryl and grandson, Vassor of Bradenton, Florida. Also, Ben is survived by his brother, Nicholas of Falmouth, Maine and sister, Athena Duddy of Green Lake, Maine, five nieces and seven nephews.

The family will have a private memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Hope Dementia's Alzheimer's Services, 765 Attacks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601. Online condolences may be sent to 123benv@gmail.com.
Published on  September 9, 2014
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